Green Toys' 100% recycled 3D puzzles are perfect for babies and tots

06/26/16   filed under: green baby, green toys

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Young toddlers and babies are often frustrated by puzzles at first, and it’s very likely that pieces will end up where they shouldn’t (like in their mouths). Thankfully, neither of these issues will be a problem with the bright and fun new 3D puzzles from Green Toys. The wonderfully colorful Tea Time, Dump Truck and Garden puzzles from Green Toys are simple, safe and fun for tots. They’re the perfect first puzzles for babies and toddlers who are working on developing fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Each durable puzzle set comes with a tray and clunky, easy-to-hold 3D pieces that encourage imaginative play. Like all Green Toys, these puzzles are made in the USA with 100% recycled plastic and they are free and clear of BPA, phthalates and PVC. Plus, the sets are easy to clean, dishwasher safe and packaged with recycled and recyclable materials that are printed with soy inks. Bonus: with an inexpensive price point, you’ll be able to stock the playroom with all three fun puzzles!

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06/24/16   filed under: eco play, green family, green kids, kid friendly

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06/24/16   filed under: architecture, education, green design, green education, green kids

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06/24/16   filed under: eco play, kid friendly

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The Edible Learning Lab teaches students the process of food production from soil to table

06/23/16   filed under: education, gardening, green kids

The Edible Learning Lab is an afterschool program for students to learn through the process of food production from soil to table. Even a quick inspection will reveal that this generation is woefully unaware of how their food is made, and the costs that go into it. This lack of awareness can lead to bad health and nutrition, and decisions that impact the sustainability and security of our food system. As First Lady Michelle Obama states, “The physical and emotional health of an entire generation and the economic health and security of our nation is at stake.” Movements, programs, and campaigns, like the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” campaign, are transforming the learning environment to incorporate food and nutrition education, but there is still a great need for hands-on and engaging learning opportunities. Tim Miner with Modern Steader runs the Edible Learning Lab in Buffalo, WY, an afterschool program partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of the Bighorns and local elementary school Meadowlark Elementary. Last year, Miner joined forces with the Boys & Girls Club CEO Lisa Mueller to tackle the divide between students and their food. Using a student- and teacher-oriented curriculum, the Edible Learning Lab “deconstructs the food production process” through six (soon to be eight) different systems: Seed starting, vertical hydroponics using ZipGrow Towers, raised planters, vermiculture, composting, and a seed library. Soon, the students will also be learning with a water collection system, and a teaching kitchen. The Edible Learning Lab not only teaches students in the town of Buffalo, but empowers other educators and program leaders across the US to do the same. The Edible Learning Lab curriculum takes the guesswork out of starting a learning garden by providing not only lesson plans but “teach the teacher” resources to help teachers understand the teaching aspect of the material.

Teachers and program managers can learn more about the Edible Learning Lab and educational gardens at https://brightagrotech.com/classroom-hydroponics.

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Pediatricians push for more lead testing and regulations, declaring "Most existing lead standards fail to protect children"

06/23/16   filed under: health & body, kids health, news, parenting

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Around 37 million homes in this country still contain lead-based paint — and an additional 6 million homes receive their drinking water from lead pipes. As a result of lead’s prevalence and worrisome effects when ingested, pediatricians are joining together in a new statement published in Pediatrics to push for more proactive lead testing for children, especially if little ones are between the ages of 1 and 2 and live in an area with homes that were built pre-1960. They are also requesting updated regulations and national lead limits including federal funding allotments to safely remove lead paint and dust, replacing lead pipes that are used for water, and setting new limits for lead inside the home and out. Although blood lead concentrations have decreased significantly since lead was removed from paint and gasoline, there is no “safe threshold” for lead exposure. Citing the worrying fact that doctors are often called in when lead exposure is already evident and has done damage in the child — leading to mental or physical issues including loss of IQ and behavioral issues, the pediatricians hope that by being proactive with regard to testing and regulating, they will prevent these issues from even occurring. We’re all for getting our kids outside to play in the dirt, but the situation is obviously tricky when said dirt may have been exposed to lead from nearby highways, residual paint, or contaminated water sources. Parents can be proactive as well by protecting their kids with various precautions including having their home tested for toxins, understanding areas of the home or neighborhood that might be vulnerable to lead, and being very aware about the state of our nation’s water systems.

RELATED |  How to Protect Your Child from Lead Poisoning

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via NPR

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EWG's new BPA database reveals 16,000 food and drink products that contain the toxic chemical in their packaging

06/23/16   filed under: health & body, kids health, toxins

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Although BPA may have (finally) been banned from baby bottles and a general consensus about its toxic potential has been reached… don’t relax yet. A new database from the Environmental Working Group demonstrates that BPA is still widely used in nearly 16,000 food and drink items. The EWG’s list is actually based on a food industry list that was previously compiled as part of a California proposition requiring a consumer warning for chemicals. The warnings in California, in addition to being difficult to find, are often placed at the checkout counter, which is basically the parental equivalent of the finish line at a marathon when shopping with kids. Even if parents do notice the warning at checkout, they are unlikely to get out of line in search of a BPA-free product. The EWG’s version is much more user-friendly, listing brands and products in an easily searchable fashion so that parents can check it out before or during their shopping excursions. While we are often cautious of BPA lurking in canned food (even organic), we were surprised at the prevalence of BPA found in the lids of glass containers as well as coffee cans, soda cans, even aerosol cans like those used for whipped cream or cooking spray. BPA is used in 126 billion food cans manufactured in the U.S. each year. The EWG’s list is a handy one to have around to make sure your family isn’t buying them. Check out their Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 produce lists while you’re at it.

+ EWG’s BPA database

via Healthy Child Healthy World and the Environmental Working Group

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9 forest kindergartens around the world where the sky's the limit in teachings among the trees

06/22/16   filed under: eco play, eco toddler, education, green education, green kids, link roundup, video

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